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5:50 AM ET, October 6, 2008


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Miguel Helft / Bits: Revamps Search Engine  — has a record of coming up with interesting innovations that are often copied by others in the Internet search business.  Yet those innovations have done little to help the company expand its share of the search audience.
Rafe Needleman /, now with more answers  — is cleaning up its act a bit with the latest (the 11th, I'm told) major update of the search engine, which launches on Monday.  —  The biggest change is that Ask is parsing more data from various sources and displaying that in its search results.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
So, you need a job?  Man, do resumes suck  —  Since the economy is slowing down, I'm hearing of lots of you who are getting laid off and looking for jobs.  Here's my experience on the other side of that — being someone who is trying to hire someone.  —  Fast Company TV is hiring an administrative assistant.
Caroline McCarthy /
eBay-backed community site Tokoni leaves beta  —  Tokoni, a community site for “sharing stories,” has formally launched after nearly a year of public beta.  It has taken investment backing from eBay as well as the auction giant's founder, Pierre Omidyar, and was founded by former eBay executive Mary Lou Song …
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Story-sharing site Tokoni makes blogging a little less lonely
Discussion: The Inquisitr
Mark Evans:
Wordpress 2.7 is the Real Deal  —  For all the excitement about Wordpress 2.5 with its pretty new design, Wordpress didn't change all that much for me.  —  The layout was different, the design (provided by hot-shot consulting firm, Happy Cog) was a lot more user-friendly but Wordpress continued to be Wordpress.
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
WordCamp NYC: Matt Mullenweg on the State of Wordpress (video)  —  Today in NYC WordCamp was held at the Sun Microsystems HQ.  A big thanks to Jonathan Dingman for organizing everything... having been to many “camps”, this one was better organized than most.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
BlackArrow Raises $20 Million For On-Demand TV Advertising  —  TV advertising doesn't have to be just on TV.  That's the premise behind BlackArrow, a startup that caters to the cable industry by offering a way to place ads on broadband Web video, on-demand TV, and digital-video recorders (with unskippable ads).
Discussion: NewTeeVee and
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace Music Streamed Its Billionth Song “A Few Days” After Launch  —  It took iTunes nearly three years to get to 1 billion song downloads.  MySpace Music streamed a billion songs in just a few days after it launched on September 25.  And while this isn't a fair comparison …
Roger Ehrenberg / Information Arbitrage:
Where and How am I Investing in Early-Stage Today?  —  Much has been written recently about VC and start-up angst in the wake to today's - and likely tomorrow's - poor market conditions.  Some analysts, myself included, see this malaise possibly lasting well into the next decade.
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Mono delivers Foundation-free open .NET alternative  —  Parity on C# 3.0 and LINQ  —  The open-source implementation of Microsoft's .NET is due to hit its second release today, with many .NET 3.5 features and a few notable exceptions.  —  Mono 2. will be announced today a year and a half later …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google Chrome: One Month Later  —  Earlier this week,'s Svetlana Gladkova sent an email reminding me that Google's Chrome Browser was one month old.  How time flies, and how quickly we forget: or at least I did.  After my initial few posts and thoughts, Google Chrome has fallen off …
randomwalker's journal:
Lessons from the failure of Livejournal: when NOT to listen to your users  —  facebook, livejournal, social networks, web2.0 … In the last couple of months, there have been multiple developments that seem to indicate that the combination of a blogging platform/commenting system …
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Associated Press:
Verizon says $28.1B buyout of Alltel on track
Discussion: IntoMobile and Phone Scoop
David Smith / Guardian:
‘Intelligent’ computers put to the test'
ROVIO Rolls Out: First Impressions of WowWee's Surprising Robot
Discussion: io9, I4U News, Engadget and Gadget Review
Jenn K. Lee / Pocketables:
BenQ S6 MID product page, UI demo, press shots
Discussion: UMPCPortal and Engadget
Pete Carey / LinuxInsider:
Mozilla CEO John Lilly: World Domination Is Overrated
Discussion: Unwired View
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Wall Street Starts Cutting Google Estimates
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Has Steve Jobs built a secret MacBook factory?
 Earlier Items: 
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
News Site Criticized for Linking to Pirate Bay Torrents
James Robinson / Guardian:
Discord over Nokia phone that comes with free music
Mike Schramm / TUAW:
Rumor: Nvidia-powered MacBooks on October 14th